A Mom Tried Keto Diet For 30 Days. This Is What Happened When Things Went Wrong.


A mom tried keto diet for 30 days. Things went wrong for her, just weeks after
starting it. This is what happened, to her pancreas. JC is a 32 year old woman, presenting to the
emergency room with progressively worsening speech, vision, and strength. She opens her mouth to speak to the admitting
nurse, but the words don’t make any sense. 4 months ago, JC became a new mom. She decided that she would feed her daughter,
naturally. JC was an elite athlete in her past life. She always lived an active lifestyle, and
motherhood wasn’t going to change that. During her pregnancy, she had gained 30 pounds. Now that baby’s out, JC tried the Keto diet,
where she’d restrict all carbohydrates to zero, while eating only proteins and fats. Paired with an hour of exercise daily, JC
was determined, she was going to shed that baby weight. In the weeks following her daughter’s birth,
JC felt a numbness in her legs during her morning runs. This was without pain. Without burning sensations. One day at breakfast, JC’s husband noticed
her repeatedly pour water from one bottle to another and back, while quietly growling
to herself. When asked about this after eating, she had
no memory of breakfast. As the weeks passed, JC felt a panic and anxiety
start to overcome her. She started crying everyday. She couldn’t sleep through the night. Breaking her keto diet, and eating carbs would
make her feel better, but she resisted every urge. She realized something was wrong. At the doctor’s office days later, JC was
diagnosed with postpartum depression. These changes in her body are normal. She just had a baby. Shifts in hormones and increased sensitivity
to these changes, can affect anyone. But the doctor had other concerns. JC was feeding her daughter. Human milk incorporates 50 grams of sugar
per day. If she’s not eating those sugars because
of her keto diet, this COULD be a problem. Proteins and fats can be converted to sugar
for use in milk, but that conversion doesn’t happen quickly. It doesn’t happen easily. And it MIGHT not be enough to keep up with
JC’s lactation. This can be problematic if it causes blood
sugar levels become too low. And in JC, those levels are too low. A blood test at that visit revealed severe
hypoglycemia. Hypo meaning low. Glyce from Ancient Greek referring to sugar. And emia meaning presence in blood. Low sugar presence in blood. The brain uses sugar as its most immediate
energy source. When sugar is suddenly low in the body, this
will cause mental status changes and mood swings as the brain’s energy supply is disrupted. And when combined with postpartum depression,
then this explains everything that’s happening to JC. She was sent home with medicines. She was given advice to stop the strict keto
diet, so long as she was still feeding her daughter. It didn’t need to be a permanent stop, but
a necessary change for the time being. JC was on her way. She was feeling great with this flexible diet. But only for a few weeks. One morning, JC stepped on the scale. She had gained another 20 pounds since she
relaxed her foods after that doctors visit. She thought that the medicines were working
well on her mood, so that postpartum depression must have been the only problem. She saw no reason to continue the relaxed
diet, as she vowed again to shed that baby weight . She broke the doctor’s recommendation and
returned to her strict keto diet, while still feeding her daughter. It was time to wean baby off, anyways she
thought. As the days went by, JC felt great. But one morning, 2 weeks later, her vision
started to double. She felt a tingling in her fingers. She spoke words to her husband, but he couldn’t
understand them. He thought she was joking, but realized something
was wrong, when she tried to put baby in the refrigerator. After breakfast, JC had no recollection of
anything. The same episodes, would repeat every morning. She would snap out of it after her breakfast
of greek yogurt and eggs. Her husband shrugged it off as a joke because
it kept happening, every day. But then JC’s anxiety came back. The crying and the insomnia. Over the next 4 days, JC’s vision starts
to go dark as her bouts of panic intensify. She describes to her husband a mental fog
clouding her thoughts. And as the night falls, anxiety shrouds her
as she knows the insomnia was waiting for her. One morning, JC got out of bed. She laid on the floor, arms raised. She was conscious but not responsive. She was speaking, but incoherent. She rolled over on her side, and began to
seize as 911 was called and she is brought to the emergency room where we are now. At examination, JC isn’t visibly ill. She’s verbal, but she’s incoherent. She’s responsive, but not oriented. A blood test again reveals hypoglycemia, but
this time, less than half the lower limit of normal. The medical team administers a sugar water
mixture intravenously to JC, her consciousness improves in minutes. All other signs and exams return normal, as
she appears to be her normal self. More tests are done on her, and it’s found
that nothing is wrong with her kidneys, liver and heart. Overall, it looks like nothing ever happened. She’s admitted into the hospital because
even if she looks ok, something is clearly amiss. The next morning, the medical team on rounds
finds JC on the floor again, arms raised. This time, unresponsive but conscious. Incoherent, but still speaking, as she rolls
over and starts seizing again. Doctors order another test for her blood sugar. Severe hypoglycemia found again. Another glucose IV was infused in to her. JC is conscious, coherent and oriented again,
with no recollection at all of what just happened, as this now gives the medical team some clues
as to what’s happening. Most immediately, JC is showing neuroglycopenic
symptoms. Neuro referring to the brain. Glyco referring to glucose, another name for
sugar And (suffix)-penia meaning a deficiency of. A deficiency of sugar, in the brain. The brain needs sugar to function. But exactly, how much? Well, at rest, the brain accounts for 60%
of all sugar consumption, even though it’s less than 3% the mass of the whole body. In normal function, the body has protections
in place to prevent hypoglycemia so that bad things don’t happen to the brain. This glucose homeostasis, is the equilibrium,
or balance of sugar in the body. Most of the body’s sugar is stored in the
liver. When blood sugar decreases, hormones tell
the liver to start breaking down those stores and to release them so that levels are steady. This is called glycogenolysis. The liver also generates sugar from proteins
and fats, a process called gluconeogenesis. Both of these increase blood sugar, so defects
here can cause a decrease in blood sugar. Nothing here was wrong, because JC’s liver
function was found to be normal, but there’s more. The liver produces ketones, which are a secondary
energy source to sugar that can be used by the brain. But they’re not as efficient as glucose. If someone has been on keto diet for long
enough, the liver’s sugar stores become depleted, forcing ketogenesis, giving way
for the namesake of JC’s diet But lactation can also increase the production
of ketones. So, if she’s doing both the keto diet, and
feeding her daughter, then it means that JC should have a high ketone presence in blood. The medical team orders JC to fast for 72-hours. Over these 3 days, they will monitor her blood
sugar and ketones. (+proinsulin and C-peptide— students, what
are those for?) Things seem to be going well just a couple
hours in to the fast. But at 7 hours in, JC started slurring her
speech. She was no longer oriented again as she lay
on the floor, her arms up. On measurement of her blood glucose, the results
return— less than half the lower limit of normal. Ketones, which should be high, were virtually
absent, bringing us back to glucose homeostasis. Upstream the process, from the liver, is the
pancreas. This organ produces a hormone named insulin,
which is released when blood sugar is high. Most commonly, this happens after one eats. Insulin tells the body’s cells, to absorb
the sugar in the blood. To take in as much of it as possible, until
the levels normalize. If insulin is high for a long time, then blood
sugar will be low. Results from JC’s fast show that her insulin
levels were 3 times the upper limit of normal, meaning that something is causing her pancreas
to secrete too much insulin. But what could it be? Well, It’s probably not medicines because
nothing she’s been taking in the hospital would do this. It’s not her liver because it’s functioning
normally, downstream the process. It’s not performing glycogenolysis or gluconeogenesis
as a result of the high insulin presence in blood. And it’s not her kidneys since they would
filter the blood, functioning as intended in JC. Meaning there could be an overgrowth or a
tumor in her pancreas, that’s releasing insulin with no regard to the feedback mechanisms
in place. This is called an insulinoma. At this realization, the medical team orders
an abdominal MRI with contrast. Images reveal a well-defined tumor, 11 millimeters
in diameter, in the body of JC’s pancreas. Its appearance doesn’t look like pancreatic
cancer. It could be a cancer from somewhere else in
her body that has spread to the pancreas, or it could be a functional neuroendocrine
tumor, something releases hormones inappropriately. The extreme hypoglycemia. The regular pattern of neuroglycopenic symptoms. The resolution of her mental status after
correction of her blood sugar. [this is called Whipple’s Triad btw] The medical team makes a clinical diagnosis
of insulinoma as JC was sent in for surgery. Parts of her pancreas were removed along with
the tumor, as her depression medicines were tapered and then discontinued. The mornings were the toughest times for JC
because of the overnight fasting period where blood sugars are low in everyone. The unregulated release of insulin by a tumor,
made those levels even lower before breakfast. The cause of the tumor, is unknown. It wasn’t caused by her pregnancy. But the timing of this, just happened to coincide
with the pregnancy In the late term, insulin resistance builds
in the mother, which would make JC’s body less responsive to insulin. Meaning that the symptoms would be masked. But after the baby is delivered, the mother
becomes more responsive to insulin, which for JC, resulted in pronounced symptoms. This is described in several case reports
of insulinoma diagnosed during pregnancy. And this is also touched upon in the documentary
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enter code chubbyemu. In her first doctor’s visit, JC noted that
eating carbs solved her panic, anxiety and insomnia, all of which are neuroglycopenic
symptoms, meaning she may not have had postpartum depression from the start, but we can’t
say for sure. The 20 pounds she gained in just a couple
of weeks after relaxing her diet the first time is a normal function of aberrant insulin
secretion, as it stored that excess glucose, as adipose tissue. All of this was worsened because JC was simultaneously
feeding her daughter and following a strict keto diet. In the medical world, hypoglycemia
is considered as more acutely dangerous than hyperglycemia, because low sugar can take
someone out instantly. As she recovered from the operation, her blood
sugar levels stayed within normal limits. She was able to return home in good mood. Back to her family. Back to normal life. And she was able to live the lifestyle, that
she originally wanted. Thanks so much for watching. Take care of yourself and be well.

100 thoughts on “A Mom Tried Keto Diet For 30 Days. This Is What Happened When Things Went Wrong.

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  2. So is keto diet safe? Because my friend’s (whos also a teenager like me) mom is telling her to do a keto diet and tbh im rlly concerned but still am not sure..

  3. This video makes it sound as if Keto diet caused a tumer in her pancreas which it did not. Since insulin was always high cutting carbs caused the underlying problem to surface. Anyone who researches Keto knows what signs are a problem and need to go to the doc for tests. She should have waited until the baby was weened before starting Keto or at least decrease calories from carbs and increase quality fat calories gradually.

    First 4 weeks on Keto for me was not bad since I added MCT oil to my coffee in the morning. This kick starts Ketone production.

  4. her first mistake was trying to restrict carbohydrates to zero – though your body doesn't need too many to function the brain needs some glucose to function – I will edit this comment as I continue reviewing this video – I knew hypo meant not enough but I didn't know penia meant defficiency? interesting. – huh so she had many ketones in her blood? she needs to drink more water in that case and she has to make sure that "ketones" doesn't referr to acetone as that's bad. sure she didn't have them in the hospital but she could have had a high level previosley that damaged her organs – oh so her body made more insulin during pregnancy due to less sensitivity which had a rebound effect after birth huh? well things like pregnancy tend to cause all sorts of hormonal problems not to mention after sex organs substance producing ones tend to be the most likley to get tumors as seen with instances of prostate cancer and melanoma

  5. Also takes a few weeks to adjust to Keto, working out during this period is reckless in itself. Is the baby ok? Any documentation on over-exposure of insulin in-vitro? What's the pathology for development in pregnant women. Sadly having a baby is the easiest way for a mother to detox so they really should be checking the baby. Cancer society figure from 20 years ago, '96% of cancer causes is enviromental'.

  6. A freight train driver had a severe pain in the back. This is what happened to his bank account (real story!): F. K. is a 55 years old man, presenting to the emergency room with extreme pain in the back. He is also anxious and sweating. After examination the doctors gave him strong painkillers, they want to send him home. But things went different after his wife mentioned that he has a private health insurance. That beeing said, is there a possible threatment? Well, maybe..After the doctors have been informed about the patients private insurence, an expensive CT is done immediately. After coming out of the CT F. K. is surrounded by 5 doctors, all staring at him with big open eyes. The severe backpain is revealed to be an aortic aneurysm. Aorta meaning the arteries springing from the heart, aneurysm meaning to dilate. An outward bulging caused by a localized, abnormal, weak spot of the blood vessel wall. Without immediate threatment, the aorta can rupture and F.K. will bleed to death within seconds. F. K. s life is at stake. An emergency surgery has to be done immediately to safe him. The doctors place a stent in the aorta. After some weeks F. K. recovers and is feeling good again. But he has to pay a lot of money because his insurance does not pay everything.

  7. I find it interesting that there’s a lot more intense music and effects in this one. Maybe it’s to fit with the Halloween theme? Either way it’s pretty interesting

  8. People need to do more research on those keto diets, they think they need to stop eating sugar altogether, but your boy needs sugar, when I tell people this, they think I'm crazy. But hopefully this video makes its ways threw the internew

  9. I did keto for years and lost slot if weight but at the cost of a healthy stomach and bowel. All I could was sleep and my sugar always was too low. Like in the 30's

  10. This is a case of a person jumping into a diet with no foresight or prior investigation and you can tell this is the case because the keto community tells you not to do keto while pregnant or near it. And to finish her Off she had a tumor playing with her insulin making her not even get into ketosis while stripping her of all the sugars gluconeogenesis would have given her and the sugar the doctors gave her the diet did not gank her the tumor and her lack of investigation on the diets do’s and don’ts did

  11. Damn. I can’t imagine that happening to my wife and thinking she’s just joking. Especially after she already went to the hospital once!

  12. Why did that cause her to lay down with her hands up though like why was that the exact orientation that she would go back to

  13. I did the keto diet before it was called a keto diet. It worked well paired with exercise. I only ate baked chicken, steamed vegatables, cottage cheese and drank milk for one month straight.

  14. You should not be on a keto diet if you are taking care of anewborn baby you need to eat a well-balanced healthy diet keto probably wasn't the cause of this problem there must have been another underlying issue including the postpartum depression lots of people I know that are on keto dies and do great this woman should not have been so rigid why she was taking care of her nursing

  15. 4:12 "Her husband shrugged it off as a joke" This man must've endured a lot to shrug shit like that off just like that

  16. Ahhhh so the Keto diet caused problems. Yeah but only if you're nursing and have a tumor in your pancreas. eating donut watching the video better to be safe than sorry.

  17. The keto diet you don't restrict the carbs to 0. It's 20 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) unless pregnant or nursing, then it's 40 net carbs.
    Restricting down to 0 carbs would be more like the carnivore diet.

    Just irritating when people assume keto = no carbs.

  18. Being a med student the first half of the video made me wanna scream

    WHY ARE YOU ON A KETO DIET WHILE LACTATION

    JUST WHYYYYYYYY
    AAAAAAA

  19. I going to ignore the doctor
    yeah, this is big brain time

    (not really just listen to the doctor. they went to school and earned the degree. it wasn't easy. my mother is an emergency physician. and they are not working for the big pharmacies.) get vaccinated. if you are worried about the lead atoms in the ingredients. that was removed.

  20. I haven't watched through yet but how did you even manage to say with a straight face she tried to put her baby in the fridge? Not a laughing matter, but I still burst out in laughter. I'm a bad person, I know…

  21. My ferret has an insulinoma. It's a terrifying thing to watch happen. Unfortunately for them, their pancreas is so small you can't really see the tumor, so not only is surgery near impossible it can also be dangerous. So she's on some medication to help counteract the effects of it. She's doing well, though she's getting older.

  22. This is what happened to her pancreas.
    Anime fans be like: I want to eat your pancreas.
    Only anime fans will understand

  23. 2:19 "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell"

    I think I've caught you putting in meme references before, you sly man

  24. Once again an excellent video. Strangely I would find any ad in a video annoying but this one really fits well and doesn't distract from the main story. I commend you for the placement and the ad itself, the personal recommendations of videos to watch are highly apppreciated as well.

  25. An interesting video as the title implied a problem with Keto but it actually highlighted a pre-existing condition that possibly saved her life by being exposed earlier than when masked by oodles of sugar and carbs.
    Keto also shouldn't be carb free, just mainly in the form of naturally occuring sugars in fruit and virgin vegetable oil, keeping an eye on Vitamin D and B12 with fish and eggs.
    Hoping for a 'man ate only burgers for a decade and look what happened to his body video 😀

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